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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

In years past, I would let the Irish Terrier that lived here take over this spot. Sadly she passed last year but still lives on in our memory and mom will surely raise a pint or two in her honor tonight.

Today is the day to drink one of the best beers ever…Guinness!!! It is a staple in our refrigerator.

 

Drink responsibly and have a great day everyone!

 

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Maggie, Me and Pepper

I grew up with Terriers. Irish Terriers…female Irish Terriers. The main one was Pepper who we lost in April and mom is still grieving about. I have heard a ton of stories about Pepper and the things she taught mom, the past couple months and there are lots of things I need to live up to.

I found mom crying earlier today and she sat me down and told me the other terrier in my life is now romping in the fields on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge with Pepper. Maggie was a 15 yr old Irish Terrier and belonged to my human grandparents. She was a cool old red head with a bit of attitude. She was also a veteran therapy dog and had been visiting an assisted living home for more then 10 years. She was the dog that sparked a conversation between my mom and her eye doctor and was ultimately the reason my mom went into dog training. And she was the reason for my mom meeting Pepper! I guess I owe her more then just teaching me a terrier way of life.

Although I know I’ll meet up with all my good friends someday, when I get to romp in the fields on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, but I sure do miss them a ton now!

I’ll go fetch mom a Guinness and we’ll toast the Irish red heads of the family, remember old times and bury another dog in our hearts.

THE BEST PLACE TO BURY A DOG

“There is one best place to bury a dog.
“If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call – come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

“And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

“People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

“The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master.”

— Ben Hur Lampman —
from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925

Cheers to the Irish Terriers who are buried in my heart!

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I didn’t know what I was getting into when I learned that I was going to be living with an Irish Terrier…I just didn’t know. But I learned a hell of alot. I need to go take care of my mom and fetch her a Guinness out of the fridge. She and Pepper went on one last car trip and said that I’ll see Pepper on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge…hopefully not for awhile though. I know you’ll see a lot of our friends up there. Thank you Pepper!

So raise a Guinness high tonight and celebrate a good dog!

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Leinie is outside playing with that new dog Frappy so I thought I would sneak into the computer and wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Celebrate the Irish Dogs Today…Especially us Irish Terriers!!!

Drink your Guinness!!!

Share good times with friends!

Enjoy good Music!

And wear Green or I’ll bite you!

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Be safe and responsible if you go out to have a few pints!

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My Mom told me today that she thinks I’m the best looking Malinois she knows. So I asked her how come we weren’t at Madison Square Gardens today and tomorrow so I could prove that to the world. She grumbled something about an inflated ego, a big head, and that we had work to do that didn’t include a beauty contest.

Beauty contest???????

15-16 February 2010 are the dates of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It’s not just some beauty contest. Did you know that it is “…America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event” Yep…sporting event…it predates  the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series! It even predates the Iditarod.

Every year Mom, Pepper and I watch the show on the USA Network just to see who should be named Best in Show. Pepper and I find it sad that neither an Irish Terrier or a Belgian Malinois have ever won the honor.

I think we could be contenders!

The least they could have done was ask us to be in the commercial!

So tonight and tomorrow night go grab a beer and a seat in front of the TV with your human friends and tune into the  134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

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It’s that time of year again and thankfully we’ve been so busy here in Richmond that I haven’t had a chance to get on the computer and write my letter to Santa yet. We’ve had dogs staying with us and the snow…wasn’t the snow a blast!!! Mom told me today that I was officially on the nice list again, so is Pepper. Course I have been on my best behavior and showed off for her especially today when we went to see the vet. I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with Grandma, Grandpa and their Irish Terrier, Maggie. So before mom packs us up I better put out some treats and a few Leinie’s by the fireplace for Santa.

Dear Santa,

Really I have everything I need. I have a job. I get to spend time with family. I keep in touch with all my friends in the US and get to see them when we travel. I have a warm place to sleep and I know where mom hides all the tennis balls. So once more I was thinking of the things I would wish that are really important. Pepper is hanging over my shoulder making sure I get it all right. It might sound a bit like last years letter, but unfortunately they all need to be wished for again!

  • I wish for all the Military Working Dogs all over the world to find safety and courage in the face of their jobs. May you protect your handlers, find all the weapons and drugs, and on the completion of your tours of duty find a wonderful adoptive home.
  • I wish for the ending of breed specific legislation, spay/neuter laws, and dangerous dog laws that are poorly written and are not helping.
  • I wish for an end to dog fighting through legislation that makes sense…blame the deed not the breed!
  • I wish for a dog friendly United States where I can go run, play and walk because I am responsible and my owner is responsible.
  • I wish all the new puppies and rescued dogs that find their homes over the holidays will explain to their owners the importance of training and exercise.
  • I wish that they would outlaw those flexi/retractable leashes…those things are dangerous for us dogs and our owners.
  • I wish that people would understand that when they bring a dog into their homes, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it.
  • I wish that when I wake up Christmas morning the room will be filled with Tennis balls, Cuz balls, Discs, Kong balls, tugs and warm beds.

Pepper still wants me to put in something about squirrels but I just can’t do it, they do keep us entertained. Besides she should write her own list! Thanks for everything Santa! Have a safe trip, the Leinie’s will be waiting for you and I promise not to bark when you come down the chimney!

Love your favorite Malinois,

Leinie

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I’m Thankful for:

  • Any kind of Ball, Frisbee, disc, tug, stuffy, squeaky or thing that I can play with.
  • Pepper, she taught me from when I first came into the house what the rules were and how to play like a Terrier.
  • My friends, it was hard picking a picture because I make so many through my job. Here is me with Bandit, Falcon and Emily.
  • Buteo Bay and everything that comes with it.
  • All the brave women, men and K-9’s that keep the United States free!
  • A sense of humor that keeps my mom laughing at me when I have too much energy for her!
  • My mom….she really is the coolest!

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?????

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Need a hand picking out your pumpkin?

Halloween is tomorrow. It’s a fun holiday…..at least I thought it was until mom came home all giddy for some reason. I can’t believe what she has done to us! I never thought in a million years this would happen to me. Pepper is concocting a plan to make this all worthwhile, but frankly I’m embarrassed.

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Of all the asinine, crazy, harebrained ideas she has had, this costume takes the cake. Thanks mom…I can’t go out in public like this…I just can’t.

Pepper here!

This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant! What better way is there to sneak up on those damn squirrels and infiltrate their army!!!! They can’t escape us…we can totally pull this off. Hey! Stop laughing at me!

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You just wait and see I can take over the world, even in this outfit!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween…I’m going to go see if this is actually working for Pepper. I’ll let you know.

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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

But I concede already…I have an Irish Terrier in the house that thinks today is all about her and mom sure seems to be treating her extra special today…. so since she doesn’t have her own blog, I’ll let her take over mine just for today, while I go try to trap a Leprechaun under the shed. If you are wondering why I am relinquishing control to Pepper…find out what the Irish Terrier’s are really like at the Follow Me Dog Training LLC blog!

Pepper here, and the first thing everyone reading this blog should know is that Guinness is the beer of the Irish..none of that Leinenkugel stuff today.

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If you aren’t spending the day; hugging an Irish dog, listening to Gaelic Storm, having a few pints of Guinness, and wearing green….I won’t pinch you, I’ll bite you!

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BARK IF YOU’RE IRISH!!!!!

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Leinie here… I promise to never let Pepper take over the blog again…. Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!

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Renée has been muttering all day about the white stuff, but Pepper and I were so excited to go out and play. Check it out!

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Are you just going to stand there mom, throw the ball!

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Pepper loves the snow, but takes forever to dry off!

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You can’t catch me Pepper, wait…why are you smiling?

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Me: “Mom do we have to go in, I’m having fun”     Renée : “Yes Leinie, it is too cold out and your lips are turning blue.”

Have fun in the sun everyone, it is supposed to be warm again later in the week!

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